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Somerset: welcome for Buta the elephant at Christian-run zoo

A Christian-run zoo in North Somerset has just received their first elephant for their specially constructed elephant habitat, the largest in Northern Europe …

A Christian-run zoo in North Somerset has just received their first elephant for their specially constructed elephant habitat, the largest in Northern Europe …

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, in Wraxall, Bristol has sent this news update:
 
"Buta, our first elephant, has just arrived at her new home, Elephant Eden, our newly developed 20-acre elephant habitat. The enormous habitat, described as a ‘5 Star Hotel’ for elephants by international elephant consultant Alan Roocroft, is the largest in the UK and in Northern Europe, with great features which put elephant welfare first.

"This has already generated global media interest through which we hope to have illustrated the importance of taking the role of stewardship of animals and our envrionment seriously.  Elephant Eden is full of sustainable features such as solar panels and a biomass boiler.
 
"But a is a stunning 30-year-old female African elephant with bucketloads of personality. She is settling well into her new environment, exploring, discovering new scents, throwing sand around and even tossing a Christmas tree over her back used for enrichment in her yard!
 
"She is in the first stages of exploring her outdoor environment, which includes sand pits, mud wallows for her to wade in, a pool, a scratching tree and a browse plantation. These are the first steps of a groundbreaking project, paving the way for elephant habitats around the world.
 
"But a arrived safely from Knowsley Safari Park, near Merseyside, and she will be joined by Nissim, a bull, also from Knowsley, as soon as he has completed his training to make him comfortable with the transportation process. They will then share this incredible environment together before being joined by more elephants as the herd is established."

Find out more at www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

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